News audience: major FTA news in massive news week
Monday 519,000/330,000 (6pm)
SBS World News
A Current Affair
Thursday 549,000 (No Brisbane)
Monday 387,000/582,000 (7pm)
Nine News Special: COVID-19
Seven News: The Latest
ABC News Breakfast
The late night news specials were impacted by the return of the AFL and the second round of the NRL.
Similarly A Current Affair didn’t air in all markets including Brisbane.
Best of the rest
Seven had not only its best Thursday of 2020, but also its third best primary share on any night in 2020. And that is with Pooch Perfect screening in Sydney and Brisbane. The broadcaster has every reason to feel confident about the future given MKR wraps next week and the AFL will help support new content arriving.
The first AFL match of 2020 did 798,000 in front of an empty MCG. The number is up on the same match with same teams to start the 2019 season on the same ground also on a Thursday – 739,000.
The second Thursday of NRL on Nine did 337,000 after 432,000 for the round 1 Thursday match.
10’s Thursday best was Gogglebox with the families and friends still grouped close together on their couches. The first show under the microscope was more of Married at First Sight with Gogglebox just over 600,000 after 610,000 a week ago.
Earlier in the night Ambulance Australia did 463,000.
The ABC’s best after News and 7.30 was Sammy J on 366,000 just before then 7pm News and Grand Designs Australia on 299,000 with viewers seeing the strawbale house from toward the end of season five. Foxtel viewers are up to season eight.